North Carolina man dies during Krispy Kreme Challenge

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A 57-year-old North Carolina man died Saturday after suffering chest pains while participating in the Krispy Kreme Challenge.

The unidentified competitor was forced to step out of the race about 1 mile in after experiencing discomfort according to a statement from event organizers. He was taken to hospital “where he was pronounced dead.”

Unfortunately we have some sad news to share. We regretfully confirm that a participant of today’s Krispy Kreme…

Posted by Krispy Kreme Challenge on Saturday, February 6, 2016

The charitable race is organized by students from North Carolina State University which sees competitors run 2.5 miles to a Krispy Kreme Store, consume a dozen doughnuts and run another 2.5 miles to the finish line.

It is billed on as “the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude.”

The run first began in 2004 and had more than 8,000 participants in 2015. All  proceeds from the event go to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

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